09-07-21 | News

Illinois Signs Landscape Architecture Registration Act

Creates Landscape Architecture Registration Board

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, signed the Senate Bill 214 to stop sunset of the Landscape Architect Act of 1989. The new law created the Landscape Architecture Registration Act that registers professionals with the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and grants the use of titles like 'Registered Landscape Architect.'

The Landscape Architect Act of 1989 was set to sunset and this new legislation extends the law until new legislation will be needed on January 1, 2032. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on Senate Bill 214 at the beginning of August.

Legislation SB0214 creates the Landscape Architecture Registration Act that lays out the parameters of using the titles 'registered Landscape Architect' or 'Landscape Architect' in Illinois.


These phrases can be used to describe professionals in the industry once they are registered by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

"What they do is they say, 'we're going to protect consumers from bad actors by limiting the number of people who can enter the profession,' but we know that's not true because more competitive markets are the best protectors of consumers," said Illinois Policy Institute Chief Economist Orphe Divonguy.

The recently passed law extends Landscape Architect licenses and recognizes them within the state of Illinois. SB 214 highlights the issue of protectionism which acts as an economic policy that restricts international trade to help domestic industries like landscape architecture.


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